Canada: Teen Muslim convert charged with encouraging violence for Islamic State

BRANDON — A Westman youth has been charged with a terrorism offence for allegedly using social media to encourage violence on behalf of the Islamic State.

His arrest was the result of an investigation involving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP’s National Security Enforcement Section.

The 16-year-old, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.

Crown attorney Grant Hughes sought a remand because the investigation continues and further charges may be pending.

Hughes said one computer had already been searched.

The boy’s home was also searched on Wednesday and a computer tower was seized. Another warrant is needed to search the computer itself, Hughes said.

The boy’s case was put to Monday and he remains in custody.

Details regarding the case are scarce.

The youth is charged under Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code — counselling assault causing bodily harm at the direction of, or in association with, a terrorist group.

Authorities have confirmed the group is ISIS, known as Islamic State.

The charge, however, doesn’t specify who was to be the target of the suggested assault. However, a target doesn’t have to be specified under that offence, Crown attorney Ian Mahon said.

The charge as laid, however, suggests the assault was carried out by another individual….

The Crown attorney also confirmed a report that the boy had visited the Brandon Islamic Centre in an effort to convert to Islam.